July 15, 2013

AidanAidan is a young man who is cur­rently expe­ri­enc­ing finan­cial hard­ship; how­ever, it became appar­ent in the inter­view that he may not quite real­ize that he is per­son­ally expe­ri­enc­ing poverty.

In his inter­view, Aidan describes some­one expe­ri­enc­ing poverty in terms of phys­i­cal char­ac­ter­is­tics — “you don’t have good clothes, and some­times you can be really skinny and, uh, beat-up look­ing.” We find that this is com­mon among the chil­dren we inter­view. They may not grasp the con­cept that their fam­ily is expe­ri­enc­ing poverty, and they under­stand poverty from a phys­i­cal point of view. On the other hand, his older brother, Gavin, shares an inti­mate look at his poverty expe­ri­ence. As a teenager, he under­stands more that he is per­son­ally affected by poverty, even though Aidan may have yet to real­ize and fully grasp this concept.

Aidan also shares that bul­ly­ing is an issue for peo­ple expe­ri­enc­ing poverty because they may not have nice things and be made fun of.

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  • The training taught me to “manage what I have better and be more aware of the stress level it causes to not be able to meet ‘your’ needs.” (Poverty Awareness Training participant)